Kevin Cordes Takes U.S. Open Record with 2:07.81 200 Breast Semi

2016 U.S. Olympic Trials

Kevin Cordes of Fox Valley set a new U.S. Open record in the 200 breaststroke semifinals today, clocking in at 2:07.81 to take down his own previous record, a 2:07.86 from September of 2014.

Cordes’s 50 splits from his swim tonight were 28.89, 32.18, 32.93, and 33.81; his 100 splits were 1:01.07 and 1:06.79.

He is the second-fastest American 200 breaststroker in history, behind only Eric Shanteau, who swam his record performance at the suit-era 2009 World Championships in Rome, Italy.

Tomorrow, Cordes will fight for another event on the Olympic team; he already took down the American and U.S. Open records in the semifinals of the 100 breast, then winning the event for a spot on the Olympic team.

He is also second in the world this year behind Germany’s Marco Kochwho went 2:07.69 at the January Euro Meet in Luxembourg.

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Tomorrow, Cordes will have Josh Prenot right on his tail. The Cal standout also played with world record pace through 150 meters prior to falling short and ultimately touching in at 2:08.41.

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5 years ago

Cordes was 2:07.76 in 2014….. That’s the open record

Todd Kramer
Reply to  Dcrabbe6
5 years ago

Nope, he was a 2:07.86 at Summer Nats in 2014 as the previous US Open record.

Victor Davis Was King
5 years ago

Awesome! Keep it up and he’ll get that WR and Gold, Victor Davis style!

Irish Ringer
Reply to  Victor Davis Was King
5 years ago

Never heard of Victor Davis until you paid tribute…..I know him now. RIP Victor the former WR holder and Olympic/World 200m breastroke champ! Will have to watch the biography.

Victor Davis Was King
Reply to  Irish Ringer
5 years ago

Here’s the one to watch: on Baumann and Davis, 1982

Victor Davis Was King
Reply to  Irish Ringer
5 years ago
5 years ago

My bad nvm

Arizona Fan
5 years ago

He’s hot. That’s all I wanna say

Tom from Chicago
5 years ago

Cordes changes his last lap to sprint mode, but his splits show his 3rd 50 is about a second faster than his 4th. If you convert his SCY times to LCM meters, he could go 2:05. What a stroke!

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